We work in British Columbia and across Canada to improve the medical and social realities of women living with HIV and hepatitis C. We formed in 1991 and have grown to be the national voice on Intervention and knowledge translation services for women and the communities that support them. From the start, infected and affected women have worked together. As the leading HIV+ women explained at the time, a partnership of infected and affected women meant women with health challenges could focus their energy on staying well and the affected women could put energy into program delivery
Meeting other women with HIV: “This is the unique connection, but we also talk about lots of other things like challenges of living with a chronic illness.”
Receiving non-judgmental support: “I’ve always been able to come here, whether I’m strong or not, healthy or not. Nobody looks at you any differently.”
Participating in programs that enhance well-being: “At events everyone can enjoy life instead of looking at [HIV] like a death sentence.”
The lived experiences of women guide our work, including intervention services, health promotion, and resources. We welcome women to a non-judgmental, confidential, and respectful environment. A wide range of women access our services, which are offered in person, over the phone, and via multiple websites and social networking. We are trans-inclusive and child-friendly.
Our resources are used across the country, and we’ve been advised by our national distributor that the Pocket Guide for Women Living with HIV is the most requested women’s HIV resource in Canada.